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Attack the Block (2011)

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A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

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Joe Cornish

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Joe Cornish
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 20 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Whittaker ... Sam
John Boyega ... Moses
Alex Esmail ... Pest
Leeon Jones ... Jerome
Franz Drameh ... Dennis
Simon Howard Simon Howard ... Biggz
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ... Margaret
Danielle Vitalis ... Tia
Paige Meade Paige Meade ... Dimples
Gina Antwi Gina Antwi ... Dionne
Natasha Jonas Natasha Jonas ... Gloria
Sammy Williams Sammy Williams ... Probs
Michael Ajao ... Mayhem
Luke Treadaway ... Brewis
Flaminia Cinque ... Italian Woman
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Storyline

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and a gang of tough inner city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into an intergalactic war-zone. Written by GK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inner City vs. Outer Space


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Napad na kvart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,580, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$1,024,175
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Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS Digital Surround)| SDDS (uncredited)| Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 26 mins) The scene in which Alex Esmail throws fireworks underneath a police van took three takes to get right. See more »

Goofs

Pest appears to have a magical backpack. As the gang pulls out and uses all of his fireworks, more magically appear a minute afterwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sam: [on phone] Hi mum!
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Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Horror Comedies (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Your Own Man
Lyrics by Natalie Williams
Music by Mikis Michaelides
Performed by Natalie Williams and Mikis Michaelides
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A true lesson in how to make an engaging film with limited budget
28 September 2014 | by degeneraattiSee all my reviews

All aspiring film-makers should watch this. And those producing films for SyFy or Asylum should also take note.

First and foremost, we need characters. Characters that have each their own voice and emotions, all growing from their personal past. This makes the viewer care about what happens to them, root for them, and believe in them. It also takes a bit of the storytelling burden off the cinematography, as these characters can support the story in their part.

Secondly, a compelling story should be written. Compelling does not necessarily equal complex. A story should have events pan out in an order that presents at least some kind of logic and thought behind it. Twists and turns are okay, but they don't have to be gimmicks. This doesn't mean resorting to worn clichés, but have these engaging characters something to do. Something, that has some weight to it, so that the viewer stays focused for the length of the movie.

And third, add a bit of vision. A little quirk here and there brings the humanity of the characters, the story, and those making the film apparent, and creates the valuable bond between the finished movie and its' audience.

As we can see, none of these elements require much of a budget. So having a small budget should not be a constraint per se, but rather a source of ingenuity. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one excellent example, Attack the Block is another.

It is clear that they did not have the money for a plethora of awesome locations, top-notch CGI, or brand-name anything. But what they managed to do with what they had was fun and entertaining and well worth a re- watch: The lack of shooting locations was masked with a brilliant and logical reason for limited room; lack of awe-inspiring special effects was masked with more traditional skills, ie. use of light and sound, and going story first (everyone knows how annoying is the modern over-focus on CGI over human connection, even when the effects are great); and I have no reason to believe they were looking for cheap actors, but people with desire to go out and do their best and have some fun while at it.

This film is fresh and entertaining, and as stated in the beginning, a great lesson in how to make something great out of nothing much.


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